There are several wildlife reserves in Senegal. We will present to you 4 reserves that we visited during a 700 km trip in a 4×4 across the northwest region of Senegal

Bandia Wildlife Reserve

Patas Monkey

The Patas monkey, or hussar monkey, is a primate from West and East Africa, living in savannas and sparse forests. Males can reach 85 cm in length and weigh up to 13 kg, while females weigh around 7 kg. Their fur is reddish on the back with a white belly and a black face.These monkeys are diurnal and terrestrial, spending most of their time on the ground. They can run up to 55 km/h, making them the fastest primates. They live in groups composed of one adult male, several females, and their offspring. Their diet is omnivorous, including fruits, seeds, insects, and small vertebrates.Although not classified as an endangered species, Patas monkeys are threatened by habitat loss due to agriculture and human expansion, as well as by hunting and illegal trade


The common giraffe, also known as the southern giraffe, is a subspecies of giraffe found in the southern and eastern regions of Africa. They are characterized by their large size and irregular pattern of spots. Common giraffes are typically well adapted to savannah and bush habitats. While their population is relatively stable, they face threats such as habitat loss and poaching. Conservation efforts are being made to protect these iconic giraffes, including the creation of reserves and awareness programs

The Horse Antelope

The horse antelope, also known as the horse antelope, is a species of antelope native to arid and semi-arid regions of Africa. Recognizable by its slender silhouette and long, slender legs, it inhabits open savannas and grassy plains. Living in gregarious herds, it primarily feeds on herbaceous plants. Although still relatively widespread, it is threatened by habitat loss due to human expansion. Conservation efforts are underway to protect this iconic species of the vast African plains

Bee Eater

Guêpiers are fascinating birds, recognizable by their vibrant colors and long, slender beaks. They belong to the Meropidae family and are found in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. Their swift and acrobatic flight enables them to skillfully hunt insects in mid-air, primarily bees, wasps, and grasshoppers. Guêpiers build their nests in burrows dug into sandy slopes or cliffs, where they raise their offspring. Their brilliant plumage makes them prized subjects for birdwatching and photography, and they are often considered symbols of beauty and grace in many cultures around the world.


The impala is a graceful and widespread antelope in Africa. It measures about 75 to 95 cm at the shoulder and weighs between 40 and 76 kg. Its coat is reddish-brown on the back with a white belly and distinctive black stripes on the buttocks. Impalas live in a variety of open habitats such as savannas and grassy plains. They primarily feed on grasses, leaves, buds, and fruits. Predators include lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas. Impalas are agile and fast, making them difficult prey for predators. Although considered a species of least concern for conservation, they are iconic in the African landscape.

The Crabier

The crabier, also known as the crab heron, is a wading bird with gray plumage, found in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Oceania. It is also called the Squacco Heron because of its brown and white plumes that adorn its head. It primarily feeds on small fish, crabs, and shrimp by hunting in shallow waters. Crabiers typically nest in colonies near water, building sturdy nests in trees or bushes

The Rhinoceros

The rhinoceros is a massive herbivorous mammal, with five species distributed across Africa and Asia: the white rhinoceros and the black rhinoceros in Africa, and the Indian rhinoceros, the Sumatran rhinoceros, and the Javan rhinoceros in Asia. Recognizable by their keratin horns, they inhabit various ecosystems but face poaching and habitat loss

The Village Weaver

The village weaver is a passerine bird native to sub-Saharan Africa. Males have bright yellow plumage with black markings on their heads, while females have duller plumage. They are found in various open habitats such as savannas and agricultural lands. Their diet consists mainly of insects, seeds, and fruits. They build intricate nests woven from grass strands to attract females during the breeding season. They are polygamous birds, often mating with up to five females. The male builds a first nest, mates, then builds a second, and so on up to the fifth. Although not threatened, they can be considered pests in crops due to their feeding behavior.

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